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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes


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The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.
 

The ancestor of every action is a thought.
[Action]
 

The artist ought never to perpetuate a temporary expression.
[Art]
 

The best effect of fine persons is felt after we have left their presence.
[Power]
 

The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine.
 

The best university that can be recommended to a man of ideas is the gauntlet of the mobs.
 

The Bhagavad Gita is an empire of thought and in its philosophical teachings Lord Krishna has all the attributes of the full-fledged montheistic deity and at the same time the attributes of the Upanisadic absolute.
 

The bitterest tragic element in life to be derived from an intellectual source is the belief in a brute Fate or Destiny.
 

The blazing evidence of immortality is our dissatisfaction with any other solution.
 

The books which once we valued more than the apple of the eye, we have quite exhausted. What is that but, saying that we have come up with the point of view which the universal mind took through the eyes of one scribe; we have been that man, and have passed on.
[Progress]
 

The borrower runs in his own debt.
[Borrowing]
 

The chamber of flame in which the martyr passes is more magnificient that the royal apartment from which majesty looks out on his sufferings.
[Affliction]
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The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet.
 

The cold, inconsiderate of persons, tingles your blood, benumbs your feet, freezes a man like an apple.
[Inconsiderate]
 

The colleges, while they provide us with libraries, furnish no professors of books; and I think no chair is so much needed.
[Books]
 

The condition which high friendship demands is the ability to do without it.
[Friendship]
 

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
[Nature]
 

The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs.
[Occupation]
 

The cultivated man, wise to know and bold to perform, is the end to which nature works.
 

The days come and go like muffled and veiled figures sent from a distant friendly party, but they say nothing, and if we do not use the gifts they bring, they carry them as silently away.
[One Day]
 


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